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Willows Theatre Closes, for Real

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By some measures we were too early announcing the death of Willows Theatre three years ago. The theater did, indeed, shutter briefly as a result of declining ticket sales and donor funding, but eventually found a deus ex machina in the form of managing and funding consultant David Faustina, who was anointed managing director when the theater reopened in 2011. Faustina enjoyed a year and-a-half tenure during which he attempted to resuscitate the ailing, then 36 year-old Concord venue via budget whittling and personnel cutbacks. Despite his efforts, Willows was ultimately unable to keep up with production costs. In a press release sent Tuesday and reprinted in the Contra Costa Times, the theater said it will close again. Its board also canceled the remaining performances of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, which was supposed to run through Saturday.